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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Senior Design

The Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) senior design curriculum centers on meeting the requirements of an actual client.

All EECS students must take the two-semester senior design course in their senior year. The senior design course is an in-depth group project that requires students to practically apply knowledge from their previous coursework. Each senior design team is sponsored by an industry or research lab and takes on a real-world project proposed by a client. Clients, sponsors, and mentors (usually faculty members) supervise the senior design teams during the course. The final outcome of the project is each team delivering an actual hardware or software product. At the end of the course, teams present their projects in an open-house competition, and each project is judged by a panel of industry professionals.

Examples of recently completed designs include:

  • A robotic submarine
  • Teaching modules covering power supply topologies
  • A software framework for the analysis of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry systems for proteomics analysis
  • Subsystems on a biofuel pyrolysis reactor
  • Software that translates assembly code into its C equivalent.

Featured Senior Design Project-Spring 2018

Improving Reliability for Remote Radio Towers Using ETAP

Electric services that are required for distant radio towers can be susceptible to power outages due to faults. To mitigate power outage duration and crew traversal time a Fault Detection Isolation Reconfiguration (FDIR) Scheme can be implemented. While crews traverse the landscape, they may have to deal with adverse weather conditions that may make sections of the distribution system only accessible by foot and all terrain vehicles. An FDIR scheme is a protection system that relies on a microprocessor based technologies to detect, isolate and help restore power when a fault has occurred. The purpose of this senior design project was to create an FDIR scheme for Benton PUD.

A software model of the distribution system was created in ETAP because it is a comprehensive electric system modeling software. Team Berenice found ETAP superior to other simulation software they had tried for Electrical power analysis for modeling faults on Electrical Power lines. The team explained that ETAP contains libraries of power system components that can be easily imported into simulations to accurately model responses. They went on to explain that along with the visualization capabilities, strong user interface, and helpful online resources they found ETAP easy to implement, and strongly recommend it. Learn More